Noir106 photo safari

I’m participating as much as I have time to in #noir106, the ds106 iteration for this term, focused on noir writing, radio, film, etc. For week 3 (yeah, a couple of weeks ago…I’m behind) we were asked to do a noir photo safari:


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I kept meaning to do this for over a week, and the weather here in Vancouver kept being grey and rainy…not good light for things like “dramatic use of distinct shadows” or “the ‘Venetian blind effect.'” Finally, last weekend I just gave up on waiting for some sun and did a rainy noir safari instead. I only managed a few of the things on the list above, mostly “the grittiness of built environment,” though I also tried one or two “off kilter.” I also captured two noircats on film (yeah, my own cats, who are not really very noir when it comes right down to it).

These were all taken with my phone, so the quality isn’t as good as if I took them with our good camera. But I still don’t feel like I know enough about how to use that, and I didn’t have it with me on the day I was walking around laneways.

And of course, because it’s noir, I made them all black and white!


I also think that a couple of these work pretty well in colour, as showing “grittiness”:


2 Replies to “Noir106 photo safari”

  1. Definitely better late than never. The great thing about ds106 is that you can do things out of sequence and timelines when you are not officially associated with a for credit institution. Your approach also shows this is a #4life kind of thing and does not pass.

    Love the thought and depth of your photos.

    1. Thanks, Kathy! I have been wanting to do more with noir106 this term because I’m really interested in nor. I’ve watched a film (“Killer’s Kiss”) and read a short story (“The Postman Always Rings Twice”) but haven’t been able to blog about those yet. I mean to when I get a chance. I’m really learning a lot, just slowly.

      I had loads of fun on this safari, and noticed that “the grittiness of the built environment” is really everywhere around me, once I start looking!

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